Mary stuns Minn.-State Moorhead
Marauders’ Smith scores 20 points on 9-13 shooting
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Mary ran roughshod in an upset win against No. 19 Minnesota State-Moorhead, 72-51. Damon Smith and Alex Dorr combined to score 37 points as the Marauders, who entered the game with just two wins, took down one of the last unbeaten teams in the country.
Facing a ranked opponent for the second time in three days, Dorr led an impressive shooting display by the Marauders. Dorr nailed all five of his three point attempts in the game and U-Mary shot 53 percent from the field.
Defensively, the Marauders held the Dragons to 28 percent shooting, U-Mary’s best effort of the season.
The Marauders took control early behind a 22-2 run. At 10-10, Smith broke the tie when he stole the ball and dunked on the Dragons defense. Mike Johnson followed with a 3-pointer and a layup off a dish by Josh Turner.
The roll continued when Turner got a three-point play. After a basket by Xavier Reed for the Dragons, Baley Johnson banked home a trey for a 23-12 Marauders lead.
|MARY VS. MINNESOTA STATE- MOOREHEAD|
|Field Goal Percentage||53%||28%|
U-Mary kept up the pressure. After a layup by Smith, Darius Robinson nailed a trey. Jalen Jaspers hit a basket in the paint before Smith scored again in the paint to close the run with U-Mary leading 32-12 and virtually seal the game.
The Dragons pulled to within 10 points at halftime but the Marauders quickly responded. Dorr hit a layup right out of the locker room and followed with a trey as the Marauders maintained their double digit lead throughout the rest of the game.
Smith led all players with 20 points. He made 9 of 13 shots and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dorr added 17 points and made six of seven field goal attempts. Turner chipped in 13 points, led all players with seven assists and tied for team-high honors with six rebounds.
Robinson added eight points and six rebounds off the bench. Mike Johnson also had eight points in the game.
Jake Lindfors paced the Dragons with 17 points and DJ Hamilton added 12. Alex Noval pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
U-Mary improved to 3-10 overall and 2-7 in the Northern Sun. The win snapped a six-game losing streak and is the first home win of the season for the Marauders. MSUM slippped to 11-1 (7-1 conference).